Test Your Mental Sharpness

Check out those 10 brainteasers to test your mental sharpness that I have found in an Forbes Magazine article.

1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

5. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

6. Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

7. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

8. If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

9. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”

10. A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field?


How did you go? You can find the answers here http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/05/15/10-brainteasers-to-test-your-mental-sharpness

This little test is a great example of how our natural decision making is massively influenced by the brains habitual filtering processes of distortion, generalisation, filtering for sameness or differences etc. If you are not aware of how the mechanics of your brain operate, you will be at the mercy of it. However, if you learn to understand the workings of your brain just like you would study the mechanics of high performance athletes in your chosen sport, you will be able to deliberately influence and use your brain to create profits.